National Newswatch

Trudeau’s Cabinet Shuffle Signals Possible Election This Year

Jan 12 2021 — — Justin Trudeau’s decision to shuffle his cabinet is the strongest sign yet that he could soon send Canadians to the polls. The prime minister rearranged his front bench Tuesday when a key minister announced he is stepping down because he doesn’t want to run in the next election, which Trudeau may now have reason to […]

Brace yourself, Canada’s jobs recovery likely just hit a wall

Jan 7 2021 — — The seven-month streak of gains in Canada’s labour market probably came to an end last month. Economists in a Bloomberg survey expect Statistics Canada to report Friday the country lost 30,000 jobs in December. They also predict the unemployment rate ticked up 0.2 percentage points to 8.7 per cent.

How a Charity Superstar Innovated Its Way to Political Scandal

Dec 29 2020 — — The Kielburger brothers courted celebrities, became voluntourism pioneers, and built a Davos-friendly model of philanthrocapitalism. Then a Canadian Covid-relief deal got people asking questions. One morning in early March, 12,000 schoolchildren and their teachers gathered in London for the world’s loudest field trip. Screams filled cavernous SSE Arena, the party a reward for good deeds […]

Worse Than Covid? Risks to U.K. Economy as Brexit Deadline Nears

Nov 30 2020 — — With the U.K. economy suffering more from the coronavirus than most advanced nations, the stakes couldn’t be higher as Brexit trade negotiations enter their endgame. Gross domestic product will likely be smaller than what it would have been had the U.K. stayed in the European Union regardless of the outcome. But reaching an accord would […]

Trudeau Faces Cracking Canadian Unity Over Virus at Crucial Time

Nov 14 2020 — — The united front Canada showed in the early days of the pandemic has frayed, putting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bind. A second wave of the coronavirus is engulfing western parts of the country that were largely spared in the spring. The prairie province of Manitoba has seen more new cases per capita in […]

Trudeau’s Plan to Ramp Up Immigration Falls Flat With Canadians

Nov 6 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may struggle to sell his ambitious new immigration plan to Canadians, a new survey shows. Only 17% of respondents say the country should accept more immigrants in 2021 than it did last year, according to a Nanos Research Group poll conducted for Bloomberg News. That suggests most Canadians are less than […]

Sweden Bans Huawei, ZTE From New 5G Infrastructure

Oct 20 2020 — — Sweden has banned Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. from gaining access to its fifth-generation wireless network, adding to the increasing number of European governments forcing local telecom companies to shift away from Chinese suppliers. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority said in a statement Tuesday that the “influence of China’s one-party state over the […]

Bank of Canada Becoming ‘ATM for Trudeau,’ Conservatives Caution

Oct 15 2020 — — Canada’s main opposition party is cautioning the central bank against financing Justin Trudeau’s spending plans beyond immediate pandemic emergency measures, thrusting the Bank of Canada into a political firestorm. Lawmaker Pierre Poilievre, chief Conservative spokesman on finance issues, said the bank “should not be an ATM for Trudeau’s insatiable spending appetites.” He raised concerns about […]

Trudeau Wins Tentative Support From NDP Leader Singh

Sep 24 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have sweetened an ambitious spending plan enough to push it through parliament and avoid an election. Since his Liberals lack a majority in the legislature, Trudeau needs backing from at least one opposition party for the agenda. The government introduced legislation Thursday morning that maintains income supports for workers […]

Rising Covid-19 Cases Curtail Trudeau’s Spending Ambitions

Sep 22 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lofty ambitions for “building back better” after the pandemic have come crashing into the reality of an apparent second wave of the virus in Canada. As case numbers climb, Trudeau’s government has made a sharp pivot from talk of boldly transforming the nation’s economy and social programs to the immediate task […]

Trudeau Poised to Announce Three-Pillar Economic Recovery Plan

Sep 21 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to unveil a new plan to try to contain the spread of Covid-19 and recharge Canada’s pandemic-battered economy, according to a senior government official. The broad themes in this week’s so-called Throne Speech — which outlines his government’s priorities — will be a focus on the immediate task of […]

Trudeau Could Play Electoral Split on Red Ink to His Advantage

Sep 10 2020 — Theophilos Argitis — Canadians are evenly split on whether their government should reduce its Covid-inflated budget deficit, as Justin Trudeau prepares to push the nation deeper into debt. A Bloomberg News survey this month by Nanos Research found 41% of respondents are in favor of continuing with large shortfalls to provide ongoing support to Canadians, versus 43% who […]

Struggling Airports Implore Trudeau to Help Hardest-Hit Sectors

Sep 4 2020 — Theophilos Argitis — Canada’s airports are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up relief efforts for industries hardest hit by the pandemic, as the governing Liberal Party prepares to roll out a recovery package for the nation’s economy. The Canadian Airports Council will issue a request Friday for the government to extend rent relief to airports beyond […]

Trudeau’s Rift With Finance Chief Weighs on Virus Recovery Plan

Aug 15 2020 — — After spending hundreds of billions to prevent a major depression, Justin Trudeau will make critical decisions in coming weeks on the next steps to support Canada’s economic recovery. That will include whether to keep or drop the only finance minister he has ever had. The strains between Trudeau and Bill Morneau, the two most powerful […]